With his latest impressive win, Dan Ige is already planning his next fight. The No. 13 featherweight expressed interest in joining the UFC’s Mexican Independence Day weekend card and fighting Diego Lopes, Brian Ortega, or Yair Rodríguez.

The weekend was a success for Ige after making a quick victory over Andre Fili via a right-hand knockout in the first round of their fight at UFC Fight Night 236. The fighter said that it was actually his intent to make it a fast match, especially after he revealed that his wife was probably in labor at that time.

“I’ve had visions, I’ve had dreams of knocking him out,” Ige said in the event’s post-fight press conference. “But you can’t go in there and just expect to knock the guy out, and it doesn’t happen. But it did tonight, and it felt nice. I definitely dreamed that one.”

This brought Ige back to the winning column after experiencing a unanimous decision loss to Bryce Mitchell last September. In line with this, “50K” is now hoping to get his fight booked. The fighter is eyeing the Mexican Independence Day weekend card, which will reportedly be at the Sphere in Las Vegas on September 14. The promotion is expected to give the slots to Mexican fighters in its roster, but Ige noted that he has “a left hook like a Mexican, too.”

As for his opponents, Ige has three names in mind, which includes Lopes, who is now booked for the UFC 300 card in April. Ige is also considering No. 4 Ortega and No. 2 Rodriguez, who are set to fight against each other this month.

“There’s multiple options. If Lopes gets through Sodiq [Yusuff], that could be a good one,” Ige shared. “Or I could take the loser of, maybe, Ortega and Yair — one of those guys, depending on how their fight goes in Mexico City.”

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